WHO WE ARE, WHO HE IS… TRUE FREEDOM

Kamran woke up on the morning of Jan 16 and said to me, “Last night I had a dream…”

It was the night of Martin Luther King’s birthday and the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther’s thesis that sparked the reformation.

Martin Luther taught that salvation and, consequently, eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as the free gift of God’s grace through the believer’s faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. What a shock to the papal system.

His thesis challenged some of the practices of the Catholic church and was described as ‘a scholarly objection to church practices.’

The Latin Theses were printed in several locations in Germany in 1517. In January 1518 friends of Luther translated the Ninety-five Theses from Latin into German. Within two weeks, copies of the theses had spread throughout Germany; within two months, they had spread throughout Europe.

So we celebrated the 500-year anniversary of the letter that changed history, the printing press that got it to the masses and the awaking that started the reformation.

On this night Kamran had a dream.

I saw myself with The Lord’s disciples. We were all sitting in a circle. It felt that I was sitting with them at the beginning of their walk with The Lord.

Then I looked to my left and there was The Lord sitting close to me looking straight ahead and I was staring at the right side of His Face.

Then I knew something immediately in my spirit. I knew it was the truth.

“The more we believe who we are, the more He WILL be who He is.

The more we believe who we are, the more He CAN be who He is.”

His growth to fully manifest who He is in us is directly connected to our belief about who we are in Him.

Somehow I knew His growth desperately needed the growth of our belief about ourselves and who we are.

Then Christ grows not only in us but with us. We grow together.

Can you imagine Christ growing with you?

We grow with Him as He grows with us.

 Then one of the disciples started to talk with passion about The Lord.

In my spirit I knew another truth and I said:

“I know now why they would die for Him. They have so much passion for Him.”

But still, I knew this was the beginning of their walk and passion for Christ. 

This passion started at the beginning and continued to grow as they came to the knowledge of who they were in Him. He grew in them through their faith and passion as they grew in knowing themselves in Him.

There is much freedom in this wisdom just as we know the reformation stood for a newfound freedom. Jan 15th was also Martin Luther King’s b-day- peacemaker/civil rights activist- drawing much of his inspiration from Mahatma Ghandi.

This is an era of real freedom in the person of Jesus. Not what we learn in systemized religious practices but what we learn from knowing ourselves and who we are in Him. Not by good deeds, but by loving ourselves, our neighbors and our Jesus.

Here is the last paragraph of Martin Luther King’s famous speech titled:

“I Have A Dream:”

“When we allow freedom to ring-when we let it ring
from every city and every hamlet, from every state and
every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all
of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and
Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join
hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual,

Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.”

                                                                                                    -Martin Luther King Jr.

“The more we believe who we are, the more He WILL be who He is.”

                                                                                                      -Kamran Yaraei

Kamran Yaraei